Trusts and Foundations

We are very grateful to all our funders who give generously to enable us to carry out our vital work.

Why support from grant makers is vital for our community projects!

We apply to funders on a regular basis, to support all areas of our community engagement, particularly our education and outreach programmes.
Funding usually supports specific projects and is therefore rarely able to support running costs. Grants may also be used to match funding received from other sources such as individual donations, demonstrating support for specific projects as well as the overall work of The Courtyard.
We are very grateful to all our funders including the following:

Arts Council England supports The Courtyard with an annual grant of £213,000. We are part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Scheme, which is an important accolade for us as an organisation.

Awards for All, together with the Hereford Diocese Social Aid Fund, helped us to deliver our young people’s mental health project to more schools using digital delivery.

BBC Children in Need gave us a grant over three years to work with children with special educational needs and disabilities. This work enabled them to participate in arts-related education and learning activities and now continues with other funding support. 
The Beaumont Trust continues to support The Courtyard’s work with young people, helping with funding for the Family Festival.
The Brailsford Charitable Trust is a long-term supporter of our Youth Theatre.
The Church Street Trust generously funds Cultivate, our work with emerging young artists. They supported Jane Eyre, a pro-am theatre production which took place in autumn 2022.

The Darkley Trust supported performances as part of the Family Festival 2021, Movie Magic and helped us again for 2022, when the theme was Toybox!

The D M Thomas Foundation for Young People helped fund accessibility improvements to our facilities for children and young people with disabilities.                                                                                                                        

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust helped us work with a local musical theatre company performing Aladdin to disadvantaged children and young people to participate.

The Duchy of Cornwall has supported us to make our activities more accessible for those with extra needs.

The Edenstone Foundation supported our Facebook Live sessions for schools, which have been a vital ongoing element of our digital education delivery.

The Elmley Foundation is helping us to continue our work with older people through financial assistance for creative arts projects, and is contributing towards the Hereford Promenade. 

The Eveson Charitable Trust has helped with various access projects including audio menus and live guides for visually impaired people. The Trust is now generously supporting our #Talkaway mental health project for young people. 

The Garrick Charitable Trust  helped us with a grant to support our Writing Room summer showcase in 2023.
GM Morrison Foundation helped last year with our work for older people, including workshops, relaxed screenings and tea dances.
Groundwork/Tesco Bags of Help funded a week of creative and eco-friendly outdoor activities for disadvantaged young people, when we worked with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

Hereford City Council are supporting our inclusive workshops for children with disabilities and special educational needs over the next three years.

Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF) has given us funding to support a range of community arts projects. These include Creative Ageing, Youth Theatre, and #TalkAwayDontWalkAway (our mental health project for young people) and the Hereford Promenade, a street theatre project taking place in 2024

New Grove Trust gave a grant for an older people’s creative arts project working with Newton Farm Community Association.

The Radcliffe Trust supported our work around taking creative arts out to older people in rural areas.

The Rowlands Trust funded new equipment for stage combat teaching delivered by the Education Team, and more recently to repair our automatic doors in the Cafe Bar.

The Theatres Trust, in partnership with the Linbury Trust, has given us a grant to refurbish the Garrick Room and foyer floors to keep them safe and clean for many years to come.

The Thistle Trust supported the Senior Youth Theatre as they participate in drama workshops associated with the Knife Angel project.

The Ulverscroft Foundation gave us a grant to install Braille signage throughout the building now that the redevelopment has been completed. 

For more information about grant making, or if you want to help with donations towards our projects, please contact Head of Fundraising Melanie Denning, telephone 01432 346505, or email